Position in Premodern China Studies at Heidelberg University

Preliminary Deadline: 15th Feb 2012

The Department for Chinese Studies (Institut für Sinologie) at Heidelberg University seeks to employ as soon as possible a Research Scholar in Pre-modern Chinese History (Shang to Yuan political, social or cultural history) to fill the position of wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (salary level TV-L 13, roughly equivalent to Lecturer in Britain or Assistant Professor in North America). The position is affiliated to the chair for Classical China Studies.The successful applicant will be teaching (in German or English) two classes per semester on the undergraduate (historical and literary survey classes) and graduate level (in the respective research area), sharing in administrative duties of the department in general and the chair in particular, advising students, and at the same time maintaining an active and productive research agenda. Initial appointment can be for up to three years with a possibility of renewal.
Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in Chinese Studies, History, Archaeology, or a related discipline with a focus on pre-modern China, have excellent skills in pre-modern and modern Chinese as well as a clear research agenda, and be willing to teamwork and to become fluid in German within 1-2 yearsin case they are not at the time of employment. German language classes will be available for this purpose. Skills in other languages (such as Japanese, French, or Russian) will be advantageous but are not required.
The university seeks to increase the number of women in teaching and research, and requests qualified females in particular to apply. Under the condition of equal professional qualification physically challenged applicants will be preferred.
To apply, send a cover letter, a complete CV (including a list of publications and courses taught), academic transcripts (graduate level only as self-printout or copies/scanned versions), an outline of research interests (2-3 pages), and two representative academic writing samples (articles or book chapters, either published or having been accepted for publication). These materials will not be returned, so please send in only photocopies or PDF files. Applications may be written in English or German and should be sent to:

Enno Giele
Institut für Sinologie
Universität Heidelberg
Akademiestraße 4-8
69117 Heidelberg
or via email attachment (PDF format!) to enno.giele@zo.uni-heidelberg.de. This email can also be used for further inquiries.
Review of applications will begin on 15 Feb 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

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